If you haven’t seen the G-Day broadcast on ESPN, you missed a rather stunning graphic comparing the performance of last year’s defense in the wins and losses. Courtesy of cfbstats.com, here’s what I’m talking about:
- Wins: 10 games, 24 TDs, 184 total points, 18.4 ppg
- Losses: 3 games, 18 TDs, 135 total points, 45.0 ppg
- Wins: 10 games, 4.6 ypp, 292.1 ypg
- Losses: 3 games, 6.4 ypp, 378.3 ypg
The scoring numbers in particular are staggering. And before you argue that the numbers in losses are always going to be much worse, the spread in offensive yardage was less than 30 ypg (the 403.3 ypg in the losses would have been good enough to rank 33rd nationally) and the offensive scoring spread was less than 5 ppg (the average of 27.3 ppg in the losses would still have been enough for a top fifty finish in the country last year).